Friday, 30 July 2010

Sassy NDP Winter Wonderland DT Xmas Card

Hi all and welcome to another fun filled Friday and almost the beginning of the relaxing or crafting weekend.
I was thrilled last week to see all those great interpretations of my first attempt at a sketch, and yes I believe it has given me the confidence to create another in the near future.

Welcome to my new followers lovely to have you join me in the land of blog.

Well onto this weeks challenge hosted by the very talented Danielle at Winter Wonderland, which is being sponsored by Sassy Designs, who very kindly gave the DT some digital images to use.  Now I am not so good at using digi images but I am sure in time I will improve.  The digi images definitely are like their name Sassy.

The theme this week is "no designer papers"

I had a little lost mojo moment and needed a little inspiration myself, so decided to start with a fabulous sketch on the Papertake Challenge, which I enjoyed working with.
After playing around quite a bit here is what I finally came up with.
The base card is white, with a black frame, I then used the swiss dots embossing folder and the cuttlebug to create my dotty background paper.  I then used the snowflakes embossing folder to create the white piece edged in the black so that it stood out from the pale blue. Instead of the down wards piece being card, I went for this lovely lace, which I threaded a pale blue ribbon through and then added a bow.  The lace I bought a little while ago from Running With Scissors (see where I shop) I added snowflakes up the side and added a button on each for the centre. I then added the Sassy image isn't she gorgeous, I tried my best colouring her, but like I say digi's are not my preferred method.  I added glitter to all the black edges to soften it and then added the wild orchid blue and white flowers and some pearls to finish off along with a stem of leaves punched out.

Here is better look at the image
I added highlights with my white gel pen.

There are some amazing challenges out this week so I have entered this creation into the following

Create 4 Fun - Flowers
Die Cut Dreams Christmas Club - Sweet Xmas Wishes - went with the isn't she sweet hope this is OK.
Crafty Sentiments - Embossing
Stamptacular - Christmas in July
Cupcake - Pastel Xmas
Shabby Tea Room - A recipe of 1 ribbon, 2 buttons (got carried away) and 3 punches/dies
Tuesday Taggers - Christmas in July
Stampavie and More - Black / White and one, I chose the pale blue.
Simon Says Stamp - Dotty, the dotty embossing
Fab N Funky - Buttons and Bows
The Play Date Cafe - Black and White and one colour - I chose pale blue.

Blimey it nearly took me as long to write all of those in as it did to create the card

Well as always I will be at work for the final end of contract push on Friday, so Mr Blogger is helping me out again and posting this for me, isn't he a darling :0

Will link after work and shopping, when I get in.

Thank you all for taking the time to visit and leave your lovely comments that after a stressful day always make me smile.

Hugs and Happy weekend Crafting
Kate xx

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

WOYWW

Look out it is Wednesday again, which means another neb around the blog to some amazing places where some very talented people create some great stuff.  

I really did chuckle at some of the comments last time, and managed to keep up and visit some more, really enjoyed the hopping.

The card I was making that you all got a snippet of last time is one post below, for those that were interested.

It is getting difficult to find new stuff to show you and could show you the newly tidied garden but decided to let you have a peek in my draws.

Crafting one's that is!!

So here we go
I could call this my paint pot, but it also has mists and glue in it.
This was suppose to be the glitter draw, but has embossing powders and crackle glaze in it also.
This is my still wrapped capsule ribbons, pearls, diamante etc draw. Due for a tidy.
Now don't laugh..................... I have not hoovered in here for at least a month. The blob in the middle is the glitter just used for my next DT card, I have really struggled not to clean this and now firmly smile and say 9/10 on the messy scale??

Finally the work top which I believe is what Julia actually asks us to show on her WOYWW day
Not much of a change, the remants of the ongoing DT card for the next challenge and the glue pen, or as my hubby Matt would probably say, "Nothing to see move along"  :) The DT card should be the next post above.

Well Mr Blogger will post this for me  in the morning and I will try link on the mobile at some point during the day.  Hope your all well and crafting hard.

Hugs Kate xx

Monday, 26 July 2010

Totally Gorjuss Wedding Card

Hello to all of you out there in blog land, and to those of you who like me are currently really enjoying the opportunity to spend time in the garden to bring it back to it's normal glory.
This meant that on Saturday I was able to get a little touch up on the sun tan, whilst cutting the grass, I took my time and did a really good job.  I then got the strimmer out and started to beautify it, however last time I used it I broke it and our Mike had repaired it - he did tell me it would not last me long. Ignoring that I did not buy another and off I went to strim the edges.  Oooops the strimmer started off really quick and whipped off the top of all those long grasses, that unfortunately did not last long and eventually it started to lick the leaves, and say hi instead.  

I gave up and waited for Matt to come home and we then did the internet search, locating a new one to our required specification. The we jumped in the car and went to B & Q.  

After waiting for some time for a customer service assistant to allow us to look in a box, I gave up and opened several until Matt was happy with the purchase, of which we then paid at a stupid self serve system before coming home.  

Can you guess I am not that impressed with B & Q's Customer Service and the self serve are just away of reducing more staff, of which they have very limited of anyway.  (OK rant over)    Anyway strimmer is perfect and grass is just the same.

On Sunday as the grass was now so tidy, it made the rest of the garden look untidy, so out came the pressure washer and all the paths, windows, and facia's got a once over too.  Happy I could then come in finish dinner and complete this card, which I did tease about on my last WOYWW post.  

Well enough of the ramblings and onto the card

This is a card requested again by my colleague who has very clear instructions on her requirements.  This time she provided the invite showing the colours.  These were black, lime green and a pearlized cream.  So here is what I created for her and which she received today and was happy with the creation.
 The card is A4 size.  The base card is white, layered with black and then the lime green to mimic the invite provided.  The top paper sorry forgot to look at what it was, but it was from the Hobby House as was the black and white flowered paper.  Both were 12 x 12 sheets and I used three of the green marl coloured one and one of the black and white one.  The letters are cut out using one of my more ornate cuttle kids die cuts alphabet kits and the flowers are made using a two paper shapers flower punches again both from the Hobby House but have had them ages.  The lime leaves are the branch punch and the brads are again lime green and from the Hobby House.  The raiser is also from the Hobby House.

Here are the inner and front rear
Very clean and simple and no fuss just as the colleague requests.

I am entering this card into the Totally Gorjuss Challenge whose theme this week is "congratulations"

well off to have my tea and start to plan for my next DT card.....oh and too make a mess as WOYWW is coming up and of course I want to score in my own little world a 10/10 on the messy scale :)

Happy Crafting all
Hugs Kate xx
 

Friday, 23 July 2010

Winter Wonderland DT want us to Sketch It......................with your Xmas Cards this week!!!

Oh and don't you just love a Friday, when you get that Friday feeling, it is fabulous!.  Why? - as Friday is the Winter Wonderland new Challenge and the weekend is upon us......................
We had 30 amazing entries this week, the numbers just keep rising..... it is great and the WW teamies and I love hopping about to see all the beautiful creations and meeting some lovely people out there in the world of blog...

So this week the theme is Sketch it.............................
and here is the sketch, which is my first attempt, so my fingers are crossed that it goes down well. My teamies have really done it proud, as has Evi our Designer in the Spotlight this week.
and as it is the fourth Friday of the month, we are generously sponsored by our monthly sponsor


who are providing a $15 certificate for the lucky winner to spend in their fabulous shop.
Oh I wish I could enter, I love shopping here :(
So onto my DT creation for this week, oh and I really had fun with this and a new purchase from the Hobby House too (see above where I shop)
The base card, is the deep purple foil card, and on top of this is the ever so amazing and very popular Papermania Capsule Collection, papers, I believe this one is the Heather range.  I then went mad with the scallop and circle nesties.  I made two circles one from another of the lighter papermania capsule papers and another for the image plate.  I stamped my favorite Gillian Roberts little cute mice on the image plate.  I then made a smaller circle for the sentiment which is a Whiff Of Joy sentiment.  Each of the circles was edged with some more of my new glitter from the Glitter Man, gorgeous glitter (totally addicted to it) I then used another lighter purple foil card, to create the frame of the main image using the scallop nestie and the original purple foil for the smaller sentiment, and a large scallop nestie, for the arc,  I removed the centre using a circle nestie.  I then used another smaller scallop nestie and the lighter purple to create the plate for the little bow. Large and small pearls to decorate.
I used the Marianne Design Creatables Christmas Poinsettia, purchased from the Hobby House to create this lovely home made flower using the two different coloured foils and covering the centre with glitter and finishing with a large pearl.  I curled the leaves for a little depth.
The image is Gillian Roberts and is one of my favorites as I said, I used some liquid applique for the mistletoe berries and they are sat on polar flower soft (snow to me) hope their little bottoms are not to cold.  I added the same glitter to the female mouses spots on her top.

Well as you know the Winter Wonderland Teamies and I love to encourage combo's and this week is no exception, although I never actually worked towards anything other than the sketch and my own preferences.  So I am lucky to be able to enter this creation into the following fabulous challenges.

One of my favorite Challenge is Totally Gorjuss who have a theme of Thinking of You, and although this is a Xmas card, I believe the sentiment shows that the sender is especially thinking of that special some one.

Another is Paper Sundaes - who have a theme this week of make your own flowers, was so excited to be able to enter my new purchases.

and how could I resist Papertake Weekly - Cutie Patootie, when all I want to do is cuddle these lovely little mice.

another favorite of mine the Stamp Something Challenge - with something flowery this week again love to be able to show off my new purchases :)

and finally but definitely a great themed challenge this week, The Creative Cottage Challenge Blog - whose theme is Touch Feely -lots of texture on your cards such as embossing, flowers, ribbon, fabric, sewing etc... so I have flowersoft, pearls, ribbon in the bow and the embossing on the poinsettia flowers as well as the puffed up liquid applique.  Great idea for a theme.

So nearly at the end.  I would like to welcome my new follower Karen to my little section of blog land, hi hun :)

Thank you all for the recent comments loving reading and returning the visit, and loved and smiled at all those fab comments.

Mr Blogger will be very kindly posting this for me this morning, as I will be on my way to York to meet a colleague, isn't he nice to do such a thing for me.  I will link when I get home, with hope that I will not be too late, as I need to go shopping, so that I can find some free time for crafting over the weekend.

Well hope your all looking forward to your weekend, as I am and hope you all have great crafty things planned.

Hugs Kate xx

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

WOYWW

Well what is on my work space this Wednesday, 
oh lots of rubbish, 
I have been so committed to making a mess this week and even score myself 
7/10 
on the messy scale.  I must hoover the glitter off the floor it is getting everywhere, literally. It reminds me of sand and you know how far that travels!

So this week what have I got to show you,  well last week I was a little nasty I think.  I took photo's of my new house mouse stamps but not so you could see them, so thought I would show you them this week.  But first wanted to show you something that I see each day at the moment out of my Beach Hut window.  

These are the lilies and flowers in the raised bed that I look out on each time I am in my craft room.
Isn't nature wonderful, or it would be if the plant on the bottom left (kiwi) would enjoy the sun a little more and stop growing lots of branches and produce just one little fruit :)  please...............

So onto those house mouse stamps, here they are
oooooooooooooooooooo yummy....................  Please note (pardon the pun) that these are all related to writing to someone, yep I thought about making two with each image and creating a notelet gift box, keep your eyes peeled and eventually I will post it..............

My next image is of my flower draw, which now is that full that I cannot half the time find what I am looking for and my newest delivery is still in it's box awaiting decanting :(
oh just look at them all, oh I wanted to go play with them all now :0
This is my new deliver from Wild Orchid, for another special memory box - mental note - must not  open or use till the job they were ordered for is complete.  (therefore must get on with order quickly)

Now this is work in progress, it is another wedding request order with specific colours, it uses three 12 x 12 sheets of designer paper, with 6 base card stocks and another two 12 x 12's for the contrast, will post shortly, but then this is what made the mess, just look at this

see mess :)  all that twirly rubbish from the finger lift tape oh are you not proud of me this week, chuffed to bits with myself 
PS  took photo and then cleaned up :(

and this is where I ran out of room, so worked stood up and used the chair for the paper

and yep the bin is overflowing - my I am doing well this week, maybe I should increase my messy score to 8/10 what do you think?

hehehehehehe  I love joining Julia and her followers with the WOYWW you should give it a go, if you have not already, it suits those that are extremely messy or extremely nosey :0

Thanks to all of you who have recently left such lovely comments.

Mr Blogger will as always post this for me whilst I am at work tomorrow, and I will try link during my lunch

Hope you all have a lovely day
Hugs Kate xx

Friday, 16 July 2010

Whiff of Joy Glittery Angel Winter Wonderland Xmas DT Card

Hello everyone out there in blog land, well it is Friday again and that means a couple of things
 
The Winter Wonderland new Challenge is out and the winners posted from last weeks great themed challenge
and
The end of today is the start of the weekend, whoop whoop ( I am so looking forward to a lie in )
Christmas in July has really taken off and there are so many Christmas Cards flying about at the moment, this really pleases us at Winter Wonderland as it means that so many more people are creating their cards preparing for that special time of the year and entering our challenge too.  We have had lots of gorgeous entries recently and last week was no exception.  I have really enjoyed blog hopping, visiting so many new people and leaving comments on some great inspirational work.

This week at Winter Wonderland the theme is

Angels and Glitter

- me being a renamed glitter queen in our house, this was right down my street.  My husband, son and his girlfriend are unable to get away from it and even if I have not been up in the Beach Hut creating they still find glitter in the most unusual places.  This week I made a coffee for a dear friend Aubs and he was delighted to find glitter floating in his coffee - oops sorry.

and we are sponsored by
who are offering a $15 certificate to the lucky winner, how cool is that :)

Winter Wonderland have also now opened their sponsor ship inquiries up for 2011 - wow that says we are on our way to Xmas 2010

So with my renewed interest in avoiding square cards I have this time created an octagonal easel card, in monochrome colours of plum and cream. I really enjoy using these Bo Bunny Papers which I think if I remember correctly are called St. Nicks.  Thank you to the hubby who assisted me in making my octagonal template as I had created a hexagonal one instead.

So here is this weeks DT card
The nesties have been used as a die cut and also as a template.  The sentiment and the back ground of the image have been die cut.  The sentiment on the inner return is an MSE favorite of mine.  I have used the Swiss dots embossing folder and my trusty cuttle bug to make the snow effect behind the image.  The top frame I drew around the inner and outside of two sizes of the octagonal nestie and then cut out, I glued them up and sprinkled on the glitzy snow looking washed glass stuff (sorry forgot the name of it, but got if from the Hobby House (see where I shop above).  Once dry the colour of the paper shows through quite nicely.  The flowers are also from the Hobby House (needing more must go shopping) as are both sizes of the pearl brads and for once I have not coloured them with copics so you could say they are bare.  This lovely Whiff of Joy image is just perfect for our theme this week at Winter Wonderland, as you can see I am not the only DT to use it (great minds think a like, and we are such a close team, love working with my teamies :)  )  I have coloured her with copics, and then added some Atyou Glitter pen for sparkle over the top of the copics.  I added some stickles on her dress and used liquid applique again from the Hobby House to puff up the white bits on the robe.  I added glitter whilst it was wet.  OK think I am glittered out........... oh nope I added more stickles to the flowers they have gold glitter on them so I added more plum glitter.      phew that is me......

So a close up of the image, look carefully for a small mistake oops, that reminds me of when I kiss the hubby with lippy on :(
and here is a close up of the flowers and those amazing brads.
Think this is a new favorite of mine, how many favorites can one person have......... never thought of it before!

Sorry was drifting off on one then, so as you know my teamies and I love to combo our cards and today is no exception.  Here are the Challenges that I am entering this creation into.

One Stop Craft Challenge - Monochromatic - Plum and Cream (instead of white)

Sweet Stampin Challenge  - Things with wings

Wild Orchid Challenge  - Say it with Flowers

The Shabby Tea Room - Xmas in July

Fab 'N' Funky - It's ................. Christmas (oh I nearly wanted to start singing then)

Cute Card Thursday - Get  Ahead Start - with Christmas that is

Christmas Stampin' All Year Long Challenge - Bling it up

Think that is about it......

Anyway hello to Tracey who has joined my little section of blogland, hi hun, hope I can keep your interest.......

Thank you to all and I mean all of you who stopped by my WOYWW post, I apologies if I have not got to you yet - busy week at work, but I have a list to work through and will visit you all shortly to reply to your wonderful and sometimes funny comments and have a neb too.  Thank you too all of you who have commented on my other posts, I love reading them all and I am trying to get blog hopping back so again please be patient.

So this will post whilst I am on a work Roadshow (don't get excited it is work related and will mean information overload, yes we might get lunch but will also be a very long day) so the very kind Mr Blogger is helping me out again and I will later on in the evening try to get the challenges all linked up.

However this means that when I get home it is the weekend and I will finally get to relax so hope you all can do the same.

Happy Crafting to you all

Hugs and Lots of Glitter

Kate xx

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

WOYWW

Welcome to Wednesday Crafters out there in blog land

Today sees another day at WOYWW and if you have not entered this little number you are missing out on seeing what other crafters have on their work spaces.  In case your new "What is on your Work Space Wedensday"  I love blog hopping and seeing what everyone is up to. I love all the comments others leave as they pop by to have a nosey too.

So without too much of a do today, here is my messy desk which Mr Blogger will kindly post for me and with luck I will get to link sometime tomorrow, if my mobile blogging works for me.
See the stamps on the desk, they are my new house mouse arrivals from Simon Says Stamp, cannot wait to play with them and get them all inked up.  If you look on the window there are two stamps that I coloured at the Hobby House when Bev Rochester came to show us how to colour with Tim Holtz distress inks, I enjoyed that day but moved from this to copics.  The circles on the desk are left overs from last weeks DT card for Winter Wonderland, need to use them up. Anyway I reckon this is about a 4/10 on the messy scale, I do try each week, to increase this rating, but my obsessive cleaning makes it really difficult.  I wish I had the same trait in the housework.

Well hope your enjoying your week so far, and look forward to starting the weekend with you all.

Thank you for the recent lovely comments which I always love to read and make me smile through out the day when I mobile blog.

Happy Crafting and blog hopping to you all

Kate xx

Sunday, 11 July 2010

What a Little Star ................................................

Good afternoon to you all out there in the world of blog.
Well what a wonderful weekend it has been, hot hot hot and so relaxing and an interesting event to boot.

So yesterday we went shopping in town for some punk gear for his mums annual fancy dress party.  We then headed back home to have a nice cool one whilst relaxing on the hammock with friends.  Later on after getting dressed we went to the party. So I could not leave you thinking what did we all look like so here you go

Here is Mike and Hannah in their best punk gear.  Hannah was wearing some shiny black leggings with zips on them, that when she moved sounded rather rude and she probably needed some talc to assist her getting them on and off and just look at those fab gloves.  Mike was sporting his skull and cross bones T Shirt his tie with all its pins and chains, his ripped jeans and his zip earing.
Matt's sister was wearing leather studded wrist band and gloves with chains hanging from her hat.
Asha her daughter well she was the youngest punk of the party and doesn't she great.
Matt does not do heat very well and was cooking so he did the understated punk, whilst I did (thank heavens Mike cut off my legs) red fish net tights with black holey leggins over the top, with a black mini and attitude black sleeveless t shirt.  Feather earings, matching black and red lace gloves and scruffy hair.

Best dressed of the night well here you go and see what you think.
Fabulous aren't they.

Anyway onto today's card post.  This is a card for a little boy at Christmas, I followed the Sketch Saturday Sketch, really  enjoyed this one, and I rotated it.
The image is one that Jayne sent to me in my winning candy from the ABC Christmas half way there blog hop, it was on water colour paper I think, so I decided to get out the water colour pencils.  I have not used them for a long time as the copics sort of took over, but well I enjoyed using them again.
So this is the creation, made with Basic Grey Papers and using some Basic Grey Rub ons.  The green background card stock framing each layer (several of them).  The ribbon running around the strips on the left and right.  The hearts to show the little boy how much we love him and the gold embossed star - the star he is.  The field of sky stamp framing the image, with frosting around his feet and on his fur for depth.  The little ribbon bow was white and coloured with copics to match the ribbon and the little pink pearls to pick up the pink in the gingham paper.  The eyelets punched in and the ribbon threaded through to finalise the sketch requirements.  I used Tim Holtz peeled paint for the image plate edging and the sentiment edging.  The sentiment is MSE.

So as the lasagna will be done shortly need to quickly add the challenges I am entering this creation into,  Matt went off fishing again, so I have had a little quiet today......................

Paper Sundaes Challenge - Lots of Layers

Basic Grey - Gingham

Allsorts Challenge - July Love (Hearts - I have used hearts down the side of the left hand strip).


Totally Papercrafts - Pearls and Swirls

Crafty Sentiments - 2 Designer Papers

Magical Crafts - Christmas in July

Thank you for looking and taking the time to read my blog, thank you to all the recent lovely comments I truly do treasure each of them.

Well the weekend is nearly over so will link these and then get ready for work :(

Hugs Kate xx

Friday, 9 July 2010

Twas the Night Before Xmas........................................

Good morning to you all out there in blog land
Well we are half way through the year and if you are like me and have been creating a card for Christmas every week, firstly well done and secondly keep it up you are doing so well. (pat on the back for myself there too)

Last week we had some amazing entries into the challenge at Winter Wonderland, and I enjoyed seeing all the fabulous creations.  

This week Lynsey is hosting the challenge at Winter Wonderland and she chose the challenge them of 

"Twas the Night before Xmas"  

We are sponsored by Teri and her Delicious Doodles, she has some beautiful digi images to give away to our lucky winner.
 So when I first saw this theme, immediately I thought about my little ornament, that is a candle with some little mice around it and the words "Twas the Night before Xmas".  I did not have what I felt was a good image to meet my needs, so unlike me I went to look for a digi image and located something just perfect from Mo Manning - I have some of her clear stamps and love them, but I normally struggle with digi images.  However, I was pleasantly surprised, although the image was very light lined.  I think it worked beautifully.

Then to see what colours to use.  I started working my way through my stash and found some love paper that I thought only had the words "twas the night before ......." on - I thought it was lots of little bits of several rhymes, until Matt spotted it was actually the full thing all verses, just running off the page now and again until you picked it up somewhere else.  The papers are MME so cool.

On Sunday I had already decided to do a round easel card, that was after I had done the triangle one and was super impressed when the Sketch and Stash Challenge came out with a circle sketch - awesome timing ladies.
So I decided to add lace around the front and added the red pearlized circle on top of this, followed by a circle of the MME paper with some gorgeous turquoise glitter around it using my glue stamp pad. I then coloured up the image giving it the same glitter edge and used silicone glue just to hold it off the page so it really stands out.
Then for the return I decided to add the words on to the red pearl card.  I added the poinsettia and the holly leaves to hold the card up, I also added a piece at the back to support the weight of the front with all that lace.  I cut out all the words which fitted so well with the image and the theme to the challenge and used silicone glue to just hold them off the page. It still looked a little bare so I added some glue holly and added glitter to this for the finishing touch.  Just loving my new glitters can you tell.
and finally the image coloured with copics to pick up the colours in the MME paper.
Yep think I have a new favorite, what do you think?

So as always our WW teamies love to do the combo's and here are the challenges I am entering this card into.

Sketch and Stash Challenge Blog - the circular sketch
ABC Christmas Challenge - N is for Noel

Cards for Men - Xmas in July

Creative Card Crew - Di Cuts - I am hoping that this means my nesties :)

The Corrosive Challenge Blog - Christmas Time

Fussy and Fancy - Christmas in July 2

Stamp Something is a Recipe Something

Christmas Stampin' All Year Long - free challenge

Bah! Humbug Challenge 26 - A special friend (this is a very special card for a very special person)

Well think that is about me, this will again post whilst I am at work and will be posted by the very kind Mr. Blogger.  I will on return from work (that would be on starting my weekend whoop whoop) link all the challenges up.

I would like to welcome alma1283 to my little section of blog land and I hope I can keep your interest and I would like to thank all of you who take the time to visit my little section of blog land and leave me such beautiful comments.

Well all that is left to say is enjoy your weekend and Happy Crafting

Hugs and lots and lots and lots of glitter 

Kate xx

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

New Wild Orchid Challenge Blog

wow 
have you ever seen anything as stunning as the candy that Wild Orchid are advertising for the launch of their new challenge blog

I am sure the challenges will be just as amazing.  Pop over to Wild Orchid Challenge and check it out

Good Luck everyone

Hugs Kate xx

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Another Fishy Little Story

Good afternoon to you all
Well it is a glorious day again today, so whilst it was cool enough to work in my "Beach Hut" so aptly named (was cooking in it yesterday), I created another fishing related card for another male fishy person in the family and friends circle.  You know it is hard to do male cards, well it is even harder to continually create male fishing cards.  However I think I just about managed another take on a favorite image.

Matt is at his fishing match hoping to win (fingers crossed for him as always) and Mike is out enjoying his freedom - he is now earning money to put in his tank. (Yep he finally found a job, which is extremely difficult at the moment in our area, due to the high number of unemployed persons and the economic situation) Chuffed to bits for him........

So obviously it is so serenely quiet in our home today, actually I could say heavenly - well you just know there is a but....................................

Yesterday a guy came to fix my cooker, which was actually not switching off at the switch.  So I was continually switching it off after cooking at the wall.  Now this was his third visit, as the first visit he identified numerous reasons why this could have been happening, so ordered several parts.  Those several parts arrived and Matt took time off work to be here to get it fixed.  Unfortunately after taking the full day off to get it fixed he arrived with the wrong parts, and wanted some one to take more time off.  (oooops red rag to bull as this has happened about 8 times now with various appliances in our kitchen) I rang and complained.  So he arrived on Saturday to fix it............................................ and left it in a worse state than it started - it was now switched off and permanently on at a higher temperature.  He did this to the washer and then to the dishwasher (so yes I complained again) so this morning another guy came out and then asked for the wiring diagram for the new item in the cooker, which was never in our home as the first guy left it at his home and tried to fix my cooker without it.  2nd guy went to first guy house and got it and I am now pleased to say.......................it appears fixed........................ so sorry just had to have a moan.

So now that is off my chest here  is today's card creation.  I have used some new techniques I have learnt from watching my three new video's and I love the new effect, hope you do too.
This is a Sugar Nellie "To Catch A Big Fish" stamp a current favorite on the fishing theme out of the many I have (PS always on the look out for new fishing stamps)  Not sure where the papers are from, have had these for some time, and are perfect for male cards.  I have used some antique gold/brown papers for the contrast of the lovely checkered paper.  The sentiments are from another set of fishing stamps by Crafty Secrets - (Clear Arts Stamps) called "Fishing Buds" but they are just so perfect, don't you think?  Why a triangle easel card? you are thinking, well simply because I am currently fed up of squares and rectangles so went for a change.  I quite like it don't know about you!  
Just had to take a close up of the fishing rod end, metal wire line (love doing this - it worked so well on that father's day card I did, that I just had to do it again) and this time I snipped off the charm ring from the top of the silver fish charm and coloured it with a deep blue copic pen.  The ribbon and box from Papermania range (this set from Pennels in Grimsby, they are increasing their stock, and have some interesting bits)

I didn't actually start any where specific with the challenges, but met the following so here are the challenges that this card is being entered into.

 Creative Cottage - Summer (I decided that this card fitted this theme as my husband only fishes is Summer)

Simon Says Stamp - Check it out (and that lovely check paper fits so perfectly to this theme)

Charisma Cardz - Metal Micky (The metal fishing line and the little metal charm)

Allsorts - Create a Scene (now I am new to this scenic work and I am practicing on larger pieces.  For now though I have added the sky, water and grass.............. I am so into the cloud creating - I love it.)

Saturday Challenge - Water (there should be lots of that for this large fish)

I would just like to say thank you to all of you who take the time to leave an inspirational comment on my posts, I love reading them and hopping over to see you too.
Well off to do some gardening and then ironing and might get to another card later when it cools down again.

Take care and Happy Crafting

Hugs Kate xx

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